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parametric equation
  هموگش ِ پارامونی   
hamugeš-e pârâmuni

Fr.: équation paramétrique   

Any of a set of equations that defines the coordinates of the dependent variables of a curve or surface in terms of one or more independent variables or parameters.

parametric; → equation.

Paranal Observatory
  نپاهشگاه ِ پارانال   
nepâhešgâh-e Paranal

Fr.: Observatoire de Paranal   

An → ESO observatory, located on Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile, at 2,635 m altitude. It is about 120 km south of the town of Antofagasta and 12 km inland from the Pacific Coast. The Paranal Observatory hosts the → Very Large Telescope (VLT) with four 8.2 m telescopes. Each telescope provides one → Cassegrain and two → Nasmyth focus stations for facility instruments. One Nasmyth focus is available for visitor instruments. In addition each telescope is equipped with a → coudé focus station from which the light can be coherently combined in the interferometric focus. ESO also operates four 1.8 m Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs), that are used as an interferometric array (VISA) and a 4 m infrared survey telescope (VISTA). Currently, more than 10 instruments including two interferometric instruments (MIDI, AMBER) are operational and offered for science observations.

Paranal, the name of the mountain, in the Quechua language meaning "whirlwind;" → observatory.

parapegma
  پاراپگما   
pârâpegmâ

Fr.: parapegme   

An astronomical and meteorological calendar written by ancient Greeks from 450 B.C. during at least three centuries. The parapegma was an inscribed stone for public use. It had holes beside the inscription, in which a peg could be inserted next to the appropriate day. The term was later applied to purely written forms of such calendars, or almanacs; plural form parapegmata.

From → para- "next to" + pegma "something that fastens something else together," from pegnyein "to stick."

paraxial
  پر‌آسه‌ای   
parâse-yi

Fr.: paraxial   

Characteristic of optical analyses that are limited to infinitesimally small apertures. Also called first-order or Gaussian optics.

para-; → axial.

From par(â)-, → para-, + âseyiaxial.

paraxial ray
  پرتو ِ پر‌آسه‌ای   
partow-e parâse-yi

Fr.: rayon paraxial   

A ray that lies close to and almost parallel to the optical axis and behaves according to paraxial equations.

paraxial, → ray.

Parenago catalog
  کاتالوگ ِ پارناگو   
kâlâlog-e Parenago

Fr.: catalogue de Parenago   

A catalog of stars in the → Orion Nebula created by P. P. Parenago in 1954 (Publ. Astr. Inst. Sternberg, Band 25, p. 393-437, Moskau).

Pavel Petrovich Parenago (1906-1960), a Soviet astronomer.

parent
  پرمار   
permâr

Fr.: parent   

1) General: A father or a mother. A precursor, or → progenitor.
2) Physics: A → nuclide that upon → radioactive decay or → disintegration yields a specific nuclide (the → daughter). See also → parent cloud, → parent element, → parent galaxy, → parent molecule.

From O.Fr. parent, from L. parentem (nominative parens) "father or mother, ancestor," from parere "to bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE base *per- "to bring forth"

Permâr, literally "father-mother" (as in Sogd. māt-pitri "parent"), from Gilaki per, → father, + Gilaki mâr, → mother.

parent cloud
  ابر ِ پرمار   
abr-e permâr

Fr.: nuage parent   

Usually of a newborn star, the molecular cloud in which the star has formed.

parent; → cloud.

parent element
  بن‌پار ِ پرمار   
bonpâr-e permâr

Fr.: élément parent   

A radioactive element that spontaneously decays into a new substance. The product of this decay is known as a "daughter" element.

parent; → element.

parent galaxy
  کهکشان ِ پرمار   
kahkešân-e permâr

Fr.: galaxie parente   

Of a high redshift supernova, the galaxy in which the event has occurred.

parent; → galaxy.

parent molecule
  مولکول ِ پرمار   
molekul-e permâr

Fr.: molécule parente   

The molecule initially produced when a comet nucleus sublimates, soon changed to different daughter molecules because of solar radiation.

parent; → molecule.

parhelion
  پراهور   
parâhur

Fr.: parhélie   

An atmospheric optical phenomenon, seen as a bright spot sometimes appearing at either side of the → Sun, often on a luminous ring or → halo and at the same angular elevation as the Sun. Parhelia are caused by the → refraction and → reflection of → sunlight by → ice crystals suspended in the Earth's → atmosphere. Also called mock Sun or sundog.

From Gk. parhelion "a mock Sun," from → para- "beside" + helios "sun," → helio-.

Parâhur, from parâ-, → para-, + hur "sun," → helio-.

parity
  همالی   
hamâli (#)

Fr.: parité   

1) General: Equality, as in amount, status, or character; equivalence; correspondence; similarity; analogy. Opposite of disparity.
2) Physics: The principle of space-inversion invariance.
An operation that reverses the algebraic sign of the coordinate axes used to describe a system, i.e. (x, y, z) → (-x, -y, -z). The parity principle is important in quantum mechanics because the wave functions which represent particles can behave in different ways upon transformation of the coordinate system. The parity is 1 (or even) if the wave function of the system is unchanged by an inversion of the coordinate system; it is -1 (or odd) if the wave function is changed only in sign. Parity is conserved in strong interactions, but not in weak ones.
3) Math.: The attribute, of an integer, of being even or odd. Thus, it can be said that 8 and 12 have the same parity, whereas 5 and 16 have opposite parity.
See also: → charge-parity symmetry, → even parity, → parity conservation, → parity symmetry, → parity violation.

From M.Fr. parité, from L.L. paritas "equality," from L. adj. par "equal."

Hamâli, quality noun of hamâl, → pair (equivalent 2).

parity conservation
  پتایش ِ همالی   
patâyeš-e hamâli

Fr.: conservation de parité   

In quantum mechanics, the condition of parity in strong and electrodynamic interactions, where it remains constant and does not change with time. In other words, parity conservation implies that Nature is symmetrical and makes no distinction between right- and left-handed rotations or between opposite sides of a subatomic particle. Thus, for example, two similar radioactive particles spinning in opposite directions about a vertical axis should emit their decay products with the same intensity upward and downward. Same as → parity symmetry.

parity; → conservation.

parity symmetry
  همامونی ِ همالی   
hamâmuni-ye hamâli

Fr.: symétrie de parité   

The invariance of physical laws under a transformation that changes the sign of the space coordinates. Parity symmetry is sometimes called mirror symmetry. It is known that the parity symmetry is violated in some weak interactions, while it is well preserved in all other three interactions (gravitational, electromagnetic, strong). Same as → P-symmetry and → parity conservation.

parity; → symmetry.

parity violation
  اِناهش ِ همالی   
enâheš-e hamâli

Fr.: violation de la parité   

In quantum mechanics, the condition of → parity in the → weak interaction. For example, the emitted → beta particles in → radioactive decay of → cobalt-60 nuclei are not equally distributed between the two poles of cobalt-60. More beta particles emerge from one pole than the other, and it would be possible to distinguish the mirror image nuclei from their counterparts.

parity; → violation.

Parker instability
  ناپایداری ِ پارکر   
nâpâydâri-ye Parker

Fr.: instabilité de Parker   

A type of instability found in some astrophysical phenomena involving → magnetic fields; it arises if a gas layer is supported by the horizontal magnetic fields against → gravity. Also called → magnetic buoyancy. Briefly, this instability works as follows. Consider a uniform disk of gas which is coupled to a magnetici field that is parallel to the disk. Suppose that the disk is gravitationally stratified in the vertical direction, and is in dynamical equilibrium under the balance of gravity and pressure (thermal and magnetic). Now consider a small perturbation which causes the field lines to rise in certain parts of the disk and sink in others. Because of gravity, the gas loaded onto the field lines tends to slide off the peaks and and sink into the valleys. The increase of mass loads in the valleys makes them sink further, while the magnetic pressure causes the peaks to rise as their mass load decreases. Consequently, the initial perturbation is amplified, causing the production of density fluctuations in an initially uniform disk. The characteristic scale for the Parker instability is ~4πH, where H is the scale height of the diffuse component of the disk. For the Milky Way, where H ~ 150 pc, this scale is about 1-2 kpc. Numerical simulations show that the density contrast generated by the Parker instability is generally of order unity before the instability saturates. This implies that the Parker instability on its own may not be able to drive collapse on large scales. Nevertheless, it may trigger gravitational instability in a marginally unstable disk and/or induce strong motions in the medium, thereby acting as a source of turbulence on large scales (see, e.g., Houjun Mo, Frank van den Bosch, Simon White, 2010, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, The University Press, Cambridge, UK).

First studied by E. N. Parker, 1966, ApJ 145, 811; → instability.

Parker Solar Probe
  گمانه‌ی ِ خورشیدی ِ پارکر   
gomâne-ye xoršidi-ye Parker

Fr.: Parker Solar Probe   

A NASA space mission launched on August 12, 2018 to study the outer corona of the Sun at very close distances. Parker Solar Probe is the first space mission to penetrate into solar corona as close as about 10 solar radii. It will approach the Sun to this distance 25 times. Approaching the Sun to such distances is a big technological challenge. The main goals of the mission are to answer these questions: Why is the solar corona so hotter than the solar surface? How is the solar wind accelerated? How are the energetic particles produced and transported?

Named after the physicist Eugene Newman Parker (1927-), who proposed the existence of the solar wind and did pioneering work for its interpretation.

Parkes Selected Region (PSR)
  ناحیه‌ی ِ گزیده‌ی ِ پارکس   
nâhiye-ye gozide-ye Parkes

Fr.: Région sélectionnée de Parkes   

A catalog of 397 radio sources between declinations +20° and +27° which were compiled from a finding survey made at 635 MHz with the 64m radio telescope at the Australian National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Parkes, N.S.W. and published in 1968. Originally abbreviated PSR, this catalog, which is also called PKS, replaces and improves on four earlier lists (1964 to 1966).

Parkes, proper noun; selected, p.p. of → select; → region.

parsec (pc)
  پارسک   
pârsek (#)

Fr.: parsec   

A basic unit of astronomical distances, corresponding to a → trigonometric parallax of one second of arc. In other words, it is the distance at which one → astronomical unit (the mean radius of the Earth's orbit) subtends an angle of 1 arcsecond. 1 pc = 3.2616 → light-years = 206 265 astronomical units = 30.857 x 1012 km.

From parallax + second.

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